Since the initial rumblings of his involvement in Spider-Man: Homecoming began earlier this year, it’s been long rumoured that Michael Keaton had been approached to play classic Spidey villain Adrian Toomes, aka The Vulture in the Jon Watts-directed film for Marvel Studios.
But after months of tight lips from the Marvel camp, head honcho Kevin Feige seemingly confirmed during an interview with The Toronto Sun that Keaton was indeed portraying the classic Webslinger adversary.
We’ve had a wish list and most of them in the near-term are coming together. Cate Blanchett is playing Hela in Thor: Ragnarok. Michael Keaton’s Vulture in Spider-Man is something. And of course, finally, we’re showcasing Josh Brolin’s Thanos (in Avengers: Infinity War). We’re looking forward to that very much.
This will certainly not come as a surprise to those keeping up to date with the 2017 film. A short sizzle reel from this year’s San Diego Comic Con reportedly featured brief glimpses of the The Vulture in full swoop mode. The character had been all but confirmed to appear and had also been a candidate for Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man film series back in the early 2000s.
Electrical engineer Adrian Toomes (The Vulture) first appeared in ‘The Amazing Spider-Man #2″ in 1963, and is also one of the original members of the infamous ‘Sinister Six’. A group formed by Doctor Octopus, comprised of Spidey’s most notorious enemies.
Keaton is no stranger to questionable wardrobe choices of the avian variety. His performance as the washed-up Birdman actor, Riggan Thomson – earned him a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Actor in 2015.
We’ll see how he fares as one of Peter Parker’s most iconic and longstanding antagonists, when Spider-Man: Homecoming lands on July 7th in the UK.